Monday, August 18, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2008 – 2:29 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Note to Readers
  • Earmarks Decline in Senate; Increase Slightly in House
  • Republicans Say Any Drilling Bill Must Move Through Committee
  • Political Trivia for Aug. 18
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Today in Washington

The House has adjourned for the August recess, but Republicans are expected to continue their unofficial floor sessions on energy policy. Reconvenes for legislative business Sept. 8.

The Senate has adjourned for the recess. Reconvenes Sept. 8.

The President is in Crawford, Texas. No public events scheduled.

In Washington, the Library of Congress hosts “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 50 Years as Cultural Ambassador to the World,” an exhibit featuring photos, a film and other materials related to the dance company. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 6, Music Division Performing Arts Reading Room, 101 Independence Ave., S..E.

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Top Stories

Note to Readers

Because of the political conventions, the Midday Update will not publish for the next two weeks. Readers will instead get CQ Politics updates three times a day, at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., starting Aug. 25. Regular publication will resume Sept. 8.  [Read More]

Earmarks Decline in Senate; Increase Slightly in House

The Senate showed restraint in its earmarks for fiscal 2009 spending bills, while the House has increased its total slightly from last year, according to an analysis released Monday by a group that advocates curbing the practice.  [Read More]

Republicans Say Any Drilling Bill Must Move Through Committee

House Republicans said Monday they would refuse to consider any energy bill that came straight to the floor from the Democratic leadership’s offices, rather than working its way through committee markups — a process that can take weeks or months.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Aug. 18

How many times has Montana gone Democratic for president in its 29 elections?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the three candidates for Louisiana’s 6th District seat in the House are preparing to ramp up their television advertising. The newspaper reports that incumbent Democrat Don Cazayoux and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) “have made the most buys,” while the campaigns of Republican Bill Cassidy and independent Michael Jackson “said they would be making buys in the near future.” The DCCC “has bought up television spots from late September until the Nov. 4 election, a gross cost of nearly $400,000,” the Advocate reports. Cazayoux won the seat in a special election in May, spending about $800,000 on television alone. George Kennedy, who is Cassidy’s media consultant, said the GOP campaign plans on spending about $2 million total on television. Before Cazayoux’s victory, Republicans had held the 6th District for more than three decades. “The campaign you have here is basically Bill Cassidy against the entire national Democratic Party,” Kennedy told the newspaper. “We’re just doing the best that we can.”

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that a poll of Tennessee voters commissioned by Sen. Lamar Alexander “showed the Republican incumbent with a 2-to-1 lead over Bob Tuke,” the Democratic challenger. The survey of 500 registered voters gave Alexander a 60 percent tally, with Tuke at 30 percent. The other 10 percent of respondents were undecided. The results are similar to a poll the Alexander campaign conducted in April, according to the newspaper.

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Today on Governing.com

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